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The Law and the Midwife, 2nd Edition

The Law and the Midwife, 2nd Edition

Shirley R. Jones, Rosemary Jenkins

ISBN: 978-0-470-77477-9 February 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages


The second edition of this successful text is an essential and accessible guide to legal aspects of midwifery for all midwife supervisors, midwives, and midwifery students. Midwives will find this book provides them with the knowledge and understanding they require to make sense of the legal principles that affect their day-to-day work and allay their anxieties, encouraging them to extend and develop their practice safely and with confidence.

This new edition includes new and revised case studies throughout. It also contains new sections on NHS accountability, the Human Rights Act, the Data Protection Act, reproductive technologies and disciplinary pathways.

· Relates legal issues to everyday midwifery practice
· Written by an experienced midwife for midwives
· Accessible, relevant and up-to-date


Chapter 1 The Legal Framework.

Chapter 2 The Statutory Profession of Midwifery.

Chapter 3 The Statutory Regulation of Midwifery.

Chapter 4 Accountability within the NHS.

Chapter 5 Negligence in Midwifery Practice.

Chapter 6 Consent and Refusal.

Chapter 7 Use and Abuse of Information.

Chapter 8 Aspects of Law Related to Reproduction and Child Protection.

Chapter 9 Aspects of Employment Law.

Chapter 10 Application to Midwifery Practice

From reviews of the first edition:

“The book is written with commendable and enviable clarity… Get this book. Read it. Go back to it.”
Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology

“I would recommend every midwife to obtain a copy of one or other of them, both to assist her safe practice and allay fears of ignorance about the law as it refers to midwifery.”

“It is clear that this is a book written by a midwife for midwives. The examples used being topical, relevant and recognisable. I found this book fascinating….”

* very accessible style and presentation
* written by a midwife for midwives
* builds on the author's extensive experience
* relates legal issues to everyday midwifery practice
* includes a new chapter on NHS accountability
* contains new and revised case studies throughout
* relevant and up-to-date
* incorporates 2003 Midwives' Rules
* includes new sections on the human rights act, data protection act, reproductive technologies and disciplinary pathways